Review – No Strings Attached

Usually in the first five minutes of any romantic comedy you can figure out how it ends, but for some reason a little voice inside asks, ‘maybe this time it’s going to be different?’ ‘No Strings Attached’ sets out to be different but ends up being a big soppy mess. ‘No Strings Attached’ is the story of Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) who start a relationship that’s based on sex aka ‘friends with benefits’ but things start to get tricky when they want something more.

‘No Strings Attached’ sees the return of director Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters, Twins, Kindergarten Cop) who’s back behind the camera 5 years after the disaster that was ‘My Super Ex-Girlfriend’. In his absence Reitman has paid close attention to the successful formula of Judd Apatow films and ‘No Strings Attached’ just feels like a big rip off. When it comes to the dialogue everyone is raw and knows how to talk trash, you’ve got the inner circle of crazy friends and the odd bit of gross out humour. Despite being a blatant rip off it works for Reitman and there are quite a few good laughs but when things start to get romantic the film turns to mush and it’s only a matter of time before the inevitable happens (yes I’m talking about the smooches and the big L).

The cast are forgettable romantic comedy archetypes with only Natalie Portman going for the jugular. Portman proves she can do comedy, and do it well. She’s steadying herself to take the crown as the queen of Hollywood and I think she is only scratching the surface, be it big studio films or small indie flicks, Natalie Portman has a bright blinding future.

‘No Strings Attached’ has its funny moments but is kind of like a cheesy Valentine’s Day card, it’s good at first but at the end of the day it’s just going in the trash with all the other romantic crap.

2/5

The Popcorn Junkie

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